All companioning meetings, supervision, and retreats are being held virtually, either online through secure platforms or by phone, until further notice.
Spiritual Direction/Companioning could be defined as a ministry of presence or soul companioning. It is characterized by the image of three chairs facing each other: a chair for the one being companioned , one for the soul companion, one for God, the Divine Essence and Source, who is in actuality the True Soul Companion. At Enkindling the Heart, our intention is to be a compassionate, welcoming presence that allows you, the one being companioned, to be open to the inner stirrings and wisdom of your heart, moved by the whispers of Divinity's 'still small voice.' This is the process of discernment.
The journey through life is inherently spiritual and not meant to be traveled alone. At times we need a spiritual companion to help us hear the still, small voice of God, to notice God's action in our day-to-day life, to discern what choices are most life-giving at a particular juncture in our journey. Together, we listen, we look, we lean into the heart movements of the Spirit.
Spiritual Direction/Companioning is not psychotherapy, which is focused on getting to the source of and thus resolving the issues, problems, and struggles one is having in their life using a variety of interventions. Through this process, one is able to develop a stronger sense of self and function more effectively in life. If psychotherapy is desired or needed, appropriate referrals will be offered.
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life (also known as the 19th Annotation) is a 10-month retreat made without having to live at a retreat center. The retreatant is provided with daily prayer material and weekly retreat direction to assist them in recognizing and responding to God's invitations as they journey with Christ through his life, death and resurrection. The draw for many to make this intensive retreat is often a desire for greater intimacy with God and to serve God more fully and faithfully in one's life. Transitions and life decisions may also nudge a person toward the Exercises.
The spiritual journey is not meant to be walked alone. While individual spiritual companioning can provide focused 1:1 attention on certain matters, especially those that might be particularly sensitive and private, group spiritual companioning allows for a unique journeying experience as a small, intimate group sojourns together. The varieties of perspectives, gifts, and ways of listening to God often allows the Spirit to move and reveal in ways not always accessed in individual spiritual companioning. Our group spiritual companioning is facilitated by an experienced spiritual companion and limited to 4-5 people per group.
Spiritual Directors/Companions are blessed to be called to journey with others in their walk with God and to bear witness to the graces and unfoldings of God along their path. It is also a tremendous responsibility. Spiritual companioning supervision provides a safe, compassionate, contemplative space for soul companions to reflect on a particular area of growth or to celebrate a joy that arose in a companioning meeting. It is not "supervisory" in the sense that critiques, criticisms, and evaluations are not performed. It is an opportunity for the companion to be invited by God to face a "growing edge" in their own spiritual journey for the benefit of the "absent other", the one being companioned.
Various on-site and online retreats are offered throughout the year. Please check our Retreats page to see upcoming offerings. We also provide retreat facilitation for groups needing a retreat leader. We work with the group leader(s) to best meet the needs of those who will be attending. Past retreats have included Advent and Lenten day retreats and series, Ignatian retreats, Labyrinth walks, practicing the Sacrament of the Present Moment, etc.
I have been exploring and discerning the writing of Icons for some time. It has been and remains quite the journey. I intend to create pages here related to the journey. I invite you to journey with me.